China lands plane on controversial artificial island

  • China landed what it said was a civilian aircraft on an artificial island it has constructed in the South China Sea to test a runway. 
  • Vietnam accused China of violating its sovereignty through its actions on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands.

  • China responded by saying it has 'indisputable sovereignty' over the islands and their surrounding waters. *

  • In April, satellite imagery published by IHS showed the beginning of construction on a runway on Fiery Cross Reef by China. +